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Church of All Saints, Monksilver

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 May 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 264774

OS Grid Reference: ST0727937429
OS Grid Coordinates: 307279, 137429
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1286, -3.3264

Location: Sunny Bank, Monksilver, Somerset TA4 4JB

Locality: Monksilver
Local Authority: West Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA4 4JB

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Listing Text


5/17 Church of All Saints



Parish church. Some C12 work, C14 tower, C15 stair turret to tower, porch reconstructed, chancel widened, nave rebuilt,
South aisle and chapel added, church restored 1843-63 when tower crenellated. Red sandstone random rubble, South aisle
and lower stair turret squared and coursed, slate roof, decorative ridge tiles, coped verges. Plan: West tower, 4 bay
nave, South aisle with South porch included, chancel and South chapel. 3 stage crenellated tower, diagonal buttresses
to second stage, single light louvred bell openings, 2-light Decorated West window, hexagonal stair turret on South
side rising to second stage only with 4-centred arch doorway. Porch incorporated into crenellated South aisle, merlons
pierced with quartrefoil heads, crocketed pinnacles and amusing collection of gargoyles, diagonal buttresses, crocketed
niche containing C20 statue above arched entrance to porch, 3-light trefoil headed window lighting South aisle, 4 panel
moulded compartment ceiling, 4 centred arch doorway, medieval door with contemporary iron work restored in C19,
collection of bench ends in porch. Four 3-light Perpendicular windows South front with crenellated roof, stair turret
with unglazed quatrefoil opening between third and fourth bays right, another 3-light window on return, 3-light C19
window to chancel, Norman lancet on North wall of chancel, rood loft stair projection in angle with nave, two 4-light
windows North front with blocked 4-centred arch doorway. Interior: whitewashed. Nave moulded ribbed plastered wagon
roof with bosses and wall plate, chancel C19 arch braced roof, South aisle C16 moulded compartment ceiling. Circular
unmoulded tower arch, chancel set out of line with moulded arch to nave. Standard Perpendicular arcade with polygonal
capitals. Corbelled support for statue on East wall of South aisle carved with defaced angel with scroll. Unidentified
tomb-chest in arched niche in chancel, crocketed pinnacles and no effigy. Trefoil headed piscina opposite. 5 and a half
bay C17 imported screen, restored C19. Very fine imported Jacobean pulpit with lectern, some C16 bench ends. Poor box
dated 1634. C15 font. A fine South aisle with some of the most entertaining gargoyles in the county; good collection of
fittings. (Photographs in NMR; VCH Somerset, Vol 5, forthcoming; Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and West
Somerset, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST0728337429

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Source: English Heritage

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